Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director (ISDA) Bruce Kettler will lead a delegation of Indiana’s agricultural leaders to Manitoba, Canada, from Sept. 16-19 to promote economic development and grow ties with the country’s largest agricultural province.
The delegation will participate in business round tables, hold meetings with senior government and university officials and tour research facilities. Conversations will revolve around agricultural youth leadership and education, seed research and genetics, and food development.
“Manitoba is at the center of Canadian agriculture, so this trip is an excellent opportunity for us to, not only demonstrate our global leadership in the industry, but also cultivate our relationship with Canada, which can open the door to new markets,” Crouch said. “We look forward to visiting this province and building on the progress made during the governor’s visits to Canada last spring.”
Indiana exports more product to Canada than any other country in the world and is home to more than 70 Canadian businesses, including CN Railway, Dorel Juvenile Group, KIK Custom Products and Magna Powertrain. Together, these businesses provide more than 15,600 jobs for Hoosiers, accounting for 8 percent of all Indiana jobs supported by foreign direct investment.
The Lt. Governor, Director Kettler and several state employees will be joined by:
• John Baugh, Purdue University Director of Ag Services and Regulations
• Michael Beard, Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board President
• JoAnn Brouillette, Demeter LP President
• Kendell Culp, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Vice President
• Edward Ebert, Indiana Soybean Alliance Senior Director of Grain Production & Utilization
• Thomas Griffiths, Indiana Soybean Alliance Board Chairman
• Harold Gutzwiller, Hoosier Energy Manager of Economic Development & Key Accounts
• Randall Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. President
• Douglas Leman, Indiana Dairy Producers Executive Director
• Kelly Maucere, My Sugar Pie Owner
• Timothy Phelps, Hathaway Strategies Vice President
• Mark Poeschl, National FFA Organization Chief Executive Officer
• Justin Swanson, Bose McKinney & Evans Governmental Services Group Of Counsel
• Ronald Turco Jr., Purdue University Department Head of Agronomy
The cost of the Lt. Governor traveling to Canada are being paid through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.